Title: Bespelling Jane Austen
Genre: Paranormal Romance Anthology
Author: Mary Balogh, Colleen Gleason, Susan Krinard, Janet Mullany
Publisher: HQN, 2010
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
What if Austen had believed in reincarnation and vampires? Join four bestselling romance authors as they channel the wit and wisdom of Jane Austen.
Almost Persuaded by Mary Balogh
In this Regency tale of Robert and Jane, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh brings together former lovers who have seen beyond the veil of forgetfulness to their past mistakes, and are determined to be together in this life, and forever.
Setting: Regency England
This was a sweet reincarnation story that just begged to be a bit more exciting. I hate to say that it wasn’t just right because it was a good read, but I truly wanted more. It is too bad Ms Balogh, who is a favorite of mine, did not make this into a full book. Although I wanted more it was still a lovely story and worth your time. (79 pages) My rating- 3.5
Northanger Castle by Colleen Gleason
Caroline’s obsession with Gothic novels winds up being good training for a lifetime of destroying the undead with her newfound beau, in this Regency by Colleen Gleason.
Setting: 1845 England
Ms Gleason has created a flibberdigibbet of a heroine in this story. Caroline can’t seem to people watch without making up dramatic tales about their lives which are often very funny. But she is aware of a strange man watching her and who seems to be wherever she might find herself. She is convinced that he is a vampire and that she must in turn protect her friends and eliminate him so she carries a stake, a silver cross and garlic in her reticule. This was a fun, engaging story and left us wondering until the end who is the vampire. (75 pages)My Rating-4
Blood and Prejudice by Susan Krinard
Set in the business world of contemporary New York City, Liz Bennett joins Mr. Darcy in his hunt for a vampire cure in New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard’s version of the classic story.
Setting: Modern times
This story followed very close to the plot of Pride and Prejuidice as if it had been in modern times. Krinard kept all the names the same as Austen’s characters and it was a fun to see how well it could all translate to the present; down to the silly, gossipy Mrs. Bennett. Of course there were changes. Lizzy was a bookstore owner, Jane worked in the family pharmaceutical labs, Bingley was a weathy business man as was Darcy. And there were vampires. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. ( 118 pages) My Rating-4
Little to Hex Her by Janet Mullany
Present-day Washington, D.C., is full of curious creatures in Janet Mullany’s story, wherein Emma is a witch with a wizard boyfriend and a paranormal dating service to run.
Setting: Modern Times
Again the Austen plot of Emma has been followed closely by Janet Mullany reimagined in modern Washington, DC. Emma Woodhouse now runs a Dating Service (totally appropriate), Knightly is a lawyer and entrepreneur, Harriet is a Secretary to Emma and Frank Church is a hot rogue of a vampire. This story was funny and sexy and totally delightful. (84 pages) My rating-4.5
All four stories were very readable and had touches of the Paranormal which made them lots of fun. Having not read any of the popular monster-mash-up books currently on the market I didn’t know what to expect here but I really enjoyed this entire book. I have previously reviewed each of these authors except Susan Krinard. I recommend their books and you can find my reviews by typing in the name in my search box on the left. My Overall rating: 4 a good read.